Broxtowe Borough Council has taken a stand to end all male violence against women by becoming White Ribbon Accredited.
White Ribbon is a global campaign that encourages people, especially men and boys, to individually and collectively take action and change the behaviour and culture that leads to abuse and violence. To wear a white ribbon is to promise to never to commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.
Commitments made by Broxtowe Borough Council in tackling domestic abuse have included recruiting a new staff member to lead on the coordination of its domestic abuse services and their White Ribbon action plan includes the establishment of a multi-agency steering group to lead the initiative, the appointment of a number White Ribbon ambassadors amongst staff, improving staff training and policies and procedures and looking at opportunities to work with different community groups and initiatives to raise awareness and increase engagement.
Anthea Sully, Chief Executive of White Ribbon UK said, “Our call to end violence by raising awareness, educating and campaigning to bring about change is greatly strengthened by working together with our White Ribbon accredited organisations. Our partners are able to engage with many thousands of people to change the cultures that lead to violence against women and girls. We are delighted to welcome Broxtowe Borough Council as one of our White Ribbon Accredited organisations. Together we can prevent violence happening in the first place.”
Councillor Teresa Cullen, Chair of the Housing Committee said; “As a Council we are proud to show our commitment to White Ribbon and we will be working together to prevent domestic abuse and raise awareness of this important issue in our society. Statistics have shown that the COVID-19 lockdown has increased instances of domestic abuse in our communities, and it is important that the Council and its staff commit to doing what we can to assist in tackling this issue and enable everyone to live in safety and free from violence and abuse.”